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The virtues of a former convict are tested in Les Miserables, the PNC Broadway Across America production that begins at Kentucky Center tomorrow night.

Les Miserables performances will go on March 8, 9, and 10 at 7:30 p.m., March 11 at 8 p.m., March 12 at 2 and 8 p.m., and March 13 at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.  All shows will take place in Whitney Hall inside Kentucky Center for the Arts, located at 501 West Main Street in downtown Louisville.  

Tickets for the three-house, all ages Les Miserables range in price between $22.50 and %86.50, depending on the seat.  All tickets can be purchased at the Kentucky Center box office, the Kentucky Center website, or by calling the box office at 1-800-775-7777.  

In "Le Miz", Jean Valjean has been released from prison, where he was in the chain gang for two decades.  After initially returning to life a crime, he is shown an act of kindness by a bishop, who saves him from prison.  

Years later, Jean, who was changed by the bishop's kindness, becomes mayor and a factory owner.  He crosses paths with Fantine, a worker who was fired, has an illegitimate child, and takes a degrading position.  He will be tested here, one of many times Jean will have his virtues tested against outside elements of culture and people.  

Songs in Les Miserables include Do You Hear the People Sing?, One Day More, Stars, Master of the House, Empty Chairs at Empty Tables, and I Dreamed a Dream, a song recently brought back to prominence thanks to Susan Boyle's rendition.  

Following Les Miserables, PNC Broadway Across America will present Shrek: The Musical.  That production will go on in June. More information on the shows can be found at the PNC Broadway Across America website.  

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A near life-long resident of Louisville, Brian has written for Louisville.com since spring 2010. He has also written for various publications and online sites, including the Mount Vernon Democrat and Louisville Catholic Sports. Brian spends most of his free time enjoying the theatre scene, hanging out at the nearest coffee shop, and enjoying life.

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